Poetry By John Cannon


Deep-Winter Dusk
Poetry By John Cannon

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Deep-Winter Dusk
Poetry By John Cannon

Powdered-sugar hilltops
melding in the view
with pure white
evening clouds,
 
A red-tailed hawk
circling low
and squealing out
his eerie call,
 
A few hardy cardinals
perched in frosted cedars,
their brilliant red
turning dark
in the fading light;
 
The frozen pond is white
with snowdust ―
not a track
or single mark of life,
 
The river is a silent
gray ribbon
edged with a snowy fringe,
 
The tightly-planted pine woods
offer shelter
from the light snow
and the heavy cold;
 
All the world seems
so still and somber
as the pale light
slowly dims.
 
This is the sober backdrop
of deep-winter dusk,
 
It chills the body
but somehow lifts
the mind and heart
 
With a solemn rugged steadinessand a sense of ageless peace.